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Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST), situated at Thiruvananthapuram is a Deemed to be University under the Department of Space, Government of India. The idea of such an institute was mooted keeping in mind the need for high quality manpower for the Indian Space Research Organization, one of world’s leading scientific organizations engaged in space research and space applications.
The institute is the first of its kind in the country, to offer high quality education at the undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and post-doctoral levels on areas with special focus to space sciences, space technology and space applications. IIST offers various undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in areas that are relevant to space studies. The institute currently offers B.Tech in three branches – Aerospace Engineering, Avionics and Physical Sciences. From academic year 2015 onwards, a Dual Degree (B. Tech + M.S / M. Tech) will replace the B. Tech (Physical Sciences). This five year Dual Degree Programme will lead to a B.Tech degree in Engineering Physics and any of the following Postgraduate specializations – (i) M.S. (Astronomy & Astrophysics) (ii) M.S. (Earth System Science) (iii) M.S. (Solid State Physics) and (iv) M.Tech (Optical Engineering).  Admissions to these branches are merit based and intake is based on the Joint Entrance Examination (Main) conducted by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), New Delhi as well as the Joint Entrance Examination (Advanced) conducted by IITs, as per the guidelines set by IIST.
The major feature of the undergraduate program is the complete absence of any form of fees payable to the institute, rendering the education “completely free”, subject to the students securing a stipulated minimum academic requirement. As performance based financial assistance is provided by DOS to the B.Tech students of IIST, ISRO/DOS will have the first right to absorb them, subject to the human resource requirements of ISRO/DOS.
Apart from this, IIST offers postgraduate programmes in fourteen areas of space science and engineering. These M.Tech and M.S programmes are open to scientists / engineers of DOS / ISRO as well as public. The academic programmes have been formulated to strengthen the fundamentals, experience the realities through practical work, and enhance the knowledge and understanding in the areas of interest. Also, the programmes so envisaged ensures adequate exposure in the emerging fields which will lead to experience knowledge synthesis.
The institute recognizes the relevance of research. IIST encourages all its faculty members to guide and supervise young scholars for the PhD programme as well as for Post-Doctoral programmes.
Current Admission: Ph.D. Programme
Admission process for the Ph.D. Programme starting in July 2017, in the areas given below have started.
(i)  Aerospace Engineering
(ii) Avionics
(iii) Earth and Space Sciences
(iv) Mathematics
(v) Other areas* ( Only for candidates receiving Ph.D fellowship from Government of India agencies such as DSG, CSIR, MeiTY, INAE, NBHM, UGC etc.)
Applications will be received until April 30, 2017 only through on-line.
Undergraduate and dual-degree programme
4-Year B.Tech. ( Aerospace Engineering )          60
4-Year B.Tech. ( Avionics )                                    60
5-Year Dual Degree (B.Tech. + M.S./M.Tech.)   20
The 5-year Dual Degree programme leads to B.Tech. degree in Engineering Physics and any of the following Post-Graduate degree specializations:
(i) M.S. (Astronomy & Astrophysics) (ii) M.S. (Earth System Science) (iii) M.S. (Solid State Physics) (iv) M.Tech. (Optical Engineering) (There is no exit option at the end of four years).
The IIST admission web portal for online registration will be open from 22nd May, up to 12th June 2017. The IIST Admission counselling will be conducted during the fourth week of June 2017.
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